Diabetes in Pets – Causes and Diagnosis

Diabetes in Pets – Causes and Diagnosis

Diabetes mellitus has become a common malady that afflicts dogs and cats. I cringe when I see an obese dog or cat waddle into the clinic because I know it’s only a matter of time until diabetes becomes the diagnosis for that pet. Symptoms of diabetes include...
Keep Pets Warm and Cozy This Winter

Keep Pets Warm and Cozy This Winter

Pet owners are recommended to set the thermostat at around 69 degrees F during the winter to keep pets comfortable, but with rising energy bills some people avoid turning the heating on when they’re not at home themselves. The body temperature of cats and dogs...
Conflict of Interest in Pet Food Research?

Conflict of Interest in Pet Food Research?

For the past few months we have been reading and hearing reports that dogs are suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, related to being fed grain-free kibble diets. The relationship between diet and disease is still unknown. Could the disease be caused because...
All Calories Are Not Alike

All Calories Are Not Alike

The obesity epidemic in pets in America is just that: an epidemic. Over 50% of dogs and cats are considered to be obese. According to veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, “We’re continuing to see more pets diagnosed with...
Are You Holistic Only When It’s Convenient?

Are You Holistic Only When It’s Convenient?

While attending the Raw & Natural Dog Summit in Chicago last weekend, I listened intently as Dana Scott, founder of Dogs Naturally Magazine, discussed holistic dog care. One question that stuck out in my mind: do pet owners only practice holistic care when...
Attention Walmart Shoppers!

Attention Walmart Shoppers!

The percentage of pet owners in the United States choosing Walmart as their primary pet product source has grown over the past three years. Walmart, PetSmart, Petco and supermarkets were the top four brick-and-mortar sales leaders. In 2017 Walmart sold almost ten...
Crystals in the Urine?

Crystals in the Urine?

Even though I have many videos and blogs regarding crystals found on urinalysis, I still get questions regarding this problem in my inbox multiple times every week. Obviously, this is a common problem, which, unfortunately is often treated with poor quality...
Doggy Diarrhea

Doggy Diarrhea

We’ve all been there. You wake up at 3 a.m. to the whining dog and perhaps a putrid odor. As you stumble out of bed you plant your bare foot directly into a liquid that oozes between your toes, making you let loose a stream of expletives that you’re happy...
Are All Raw Food Diets Created Equal?

Are All Raw Food Diets Created Equal?

One of the the fastest growing aspects of veterinary medicine is holistic medicine, and along with that comes an increasing number of pet owners wishing to feed a more natural or species-appropriate diet. Many are willing to explore the topic of raw feeding, but have...
Nuts for Pets

Nuts for Pets

Many websites proclaim the dangers of feeding nuts of any kind to dogs. While some nuts are extremely toxic, others may provide benefits for pet health. Potentially toxic nuts to avoid: Macadamia nuts – Ingestion of macadamia nuts by dogs has been associated...